Controversy sparks as MS Dhoni ‘s brother does not feature in biopic
Published - Oct 5, 2016 9:00 am | Updated - Oct 5, 2016 9:00 am
MS Dhoni and his biopic have become the talk of the town in recent times. While controversies have been sparked time and again by a few things said by outsiders, one of the most controversial aspects of the film is the fact that MS Dhoni’s brother Narendra has been overlooked in the film. Narendra, who is a local politician with the Samajwadi party is 10 years older to the 35-year old Indian captain.
When asked about his axing from the film, Narendra perhaps gave one of the most diplomatic answers one could ask for. Speaking about it, he said that he was quite non-existent when it came to Dhoni’s childhood except for watching some of the most important matches featuring his younger brother.
“It must have been the filmmaker’s choice. What can I say?”, said Narendra while being asked about his absence in the film. “I may be non-existent in the movie because I don’t have much contribution in Mahi’s life – be it during his childhood, his struggle as a young man or after he became MSD for the world. The film is about Mahi, not his family,”
Narendra added that he was away from home during Dhoni’s childhood and right about the time the Indian skipper decided to pick the bat. The 45-year old also went on to state that it would have been tough for anyone to portray his character on-screen.
“I am 10 years older to him. By the time, he picked up the bat for the first time, I was out of JVM-Shyamali and had also been away from home since 1991. I was in Almora at Kumon (University) where I completed my higher studies before returning to Ranchi. Although I may have moral contributions in Mahi’s life, showcasing it would have been very difficult in the film.”
Narendra however, went ahead and stated the time when he went to watch Dhoni’s first match. “I did when I used to be home during vacation. I remember I was present when he debuted in Ranchi district senior tournament where he hit five fours in one over. He played beautifully than at Mecon grounds. Even after that, I saw him play on a few occasions at local meets whenever I came home.”